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NBC also had XXX and XXXII (XXXI was on Fox, I shan't forget that one) before losing the rights to the NFL for years. Four out of six, not bad.

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5 minutes ago, the admiral said:

NBC also had XXX and XXXII (XXXI was on Fox, I shan't forget that one) before losing the rights to the NFL for years. Four out of six, not bad.

It was 4 in 6 years and within two contracts. Before FOX getting the NFC side, the previous contract was for the 1990-93 seasons.

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8 hours ago, Red Wolf said:

Really going for that Football Clippers title. 

 

They sure are. The Fox affiliate down here in SD began showing Rams preseason games last year.

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Here come the Deadspin layoffs. Hannah Keyser, who was behind their Pivot To Video that was Actually Good when everyone else's Pivots To Video were Actually Bad, is Actually Gone.

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On 5/23/2018 at 10:49 PM, CubsFanBudMan said:

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution just ended SEC Country, Land of 10 and the rest of their "Diehards" sports verticals. They killed off the NFL one -- All 22 -- right before the playoffs.

 

I'm sure many hadn't heard of them, but they hired away legit beat writers of college teams and that makes me wonder if The Athletic is about to expand beyond pro markets (and national college sites). Still, if they really want to "replace the underappreciated newspaper sports section," I'm not sure how they get there without dipping into preps. Maybe those are the scraps that will be left to print.

The Athletic Atlanta, Baltimore and Wisconsin began today and the number of areas covered is now 32.

 

 

http://awfulannouncing.com/athletic/the-athletic-adds-19-college-football-writers-expands-into-atlanta-baltimore-and-wisconsin.html

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Yeah, The Athletic hired the Land of 10 Iowa Hawkeyes beat writer, too.

 

I like what they're doing -- and the fact that their paywall comes with no ads and no auto-play videos as opposed to newspapers that just tried to add one right after bringing back pop-up ads -- but not enough to pay... yet.

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MLB All-Star Game is least-watched ever. Tied for 2nd lowest rating, too. And yes, it lost to America's Got Talent.

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I wonder how it compared to the NBA Summer League final. Which is what I was watching instead.

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Hurricanes fired radio play-by-play guy, Chuck Kaiton, today. Kaiton had been with the franchise for 39 years going back to Hartford. Carolina will join Dallas and Buffalo as the only NHL teams to simulcast their TV broadcasts on the radio.

 

The real relevant information from the News & Observer article:

 

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Kaiton’s agent submitted a counterproposal to the Hurricanes after Kaiton’s contract expired on June 30, but the team stood firm on its final offer to the broadcaster, which included a dramatic pay cut as the Hurricanes and new owner Tom Dundon attempt to reckon with their money-losing radio broadcast while giving Kaiton the opportunity to recoup some of the losses by selling sponsorships, which is the kind of arrangement more typical on the minor-league level.

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 The expiration of his contract combined with the change in ownership from Peter Karmanos to Dundon brought a re-examination of the economics of the team’s radio deal. The team pays WCMC-99.9 FM to carry the broadcast, incurring six-figure losses while apparently drawing fewer than 2,000 listeners per game. Kaiton’s salary was a big part of that expense.

 

“Radio is not a prudent financial decision,” Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell said earlier this summer. “It’s important, I think, to have it for the people that still want to listen to it, but it’s something from a business standpoint that doesn’t make a lot of sense.”

 

FULL ARTICLE

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The sneering nerds who make up the Carolina Hurricanes fanbase have been going on about how no one who matters even listens to the radio anymore so firing a veteran broadcaster is Actually Good and now this money can be put to better use. I'm guessing the better use is an assistant coach who will help them shoot more bad shots. There's some real Hockey Math going on here that this franchise that no one likes cost almost half a billion dollars but simply they can't afford to produce a free-to-air broadcast in service of selling tickets to games.

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10 hours ago, ElwoodCuse said:

Who listens to sports on the radio besides people in their cars, so what

Me when I'm working in the yard, sitting by the fire, walking the dog, working in my workshop....

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I listen to baseball games on the radio all the time.  It's an amazing thing. 

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10 hours ago, ElwoodCuse said:

Who listens to sports on the radio besides people in their cars, so what

With certain NCAA and NFL games, I'll sync my TV with the local call of one of the teams via TuneIn.

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14 hours ago, the admiral said:

The sneering nerds who make up the Carolina Hurricanes fanbase have been going on about how no one who matters even listens to the radio anymore so firing a veteran broadcaster is Actually Good and now this money can be put to better use. I'm guessing the better use is an assistant coach who will help them shoot more bad shots. There's some real Hockey Math going on here that this franchise that no one likes cost almost half a billion dollars but simply they can't afford to produce a free-to-air broadcast in service of selling tickets to games.

 

The fact that the Hurricanes were paying for airtime tells you all you need to know about how badly that franchise has been run.  I'm (ostensibly) part of the Raleigh radio market, and despite knowing what their actual listener numbers are (and while it's not 2,000, it's not exactly gangbusters, either), if you're in a situation where the station isn't paying you for the rights to broadcast your games?  You're doing it completely ass-backwards.

 

The Chuck Kaiton firing doesn't surprise me; to be honest while Chuck's a great guy, he's been overpaid for years for this market.  Hopefully he finds a home in a real hockey town with an ownership group that doesn't have its head completely up its own ass.  As for Dundon, this is another case of trying to put out a Karmanos fire by throwing gasoline on it.  He's going to wind up moving the team; it's just a question of when.  He might as well napalm the bridge from the outset so that by the time the NHL actually allows him to move 'em, he can say, "Look at all the changes I made and fans still don't respond."

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17 hours ago, ElwoodCuse said:

Who listens to sports on the radio besides people in their cars, so what

 

I listen to baseball on the radio all the time, whether at the shore, back yard, over the TV broadcast, etc.

 

I listen to radio Eagles broadcasts exclusively, unless the timing is just too far off from TV.  I don't watch much Flyers or Sixers, but their radio broadcasts are far superior to TV.

 

Honestly, I think the only people that don't listen to sports on the radio at least some non-insignificant amount of time are people in areas that simply don't have great broadcasts.

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6 minutes ago, BringBackTheVet said:

 

I listen to baseball on the radio all the time, whether at the shore, back yard, over the TV broadcast, etc.

Franzke is much better than McCarthy 

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